Dorota Beckett kitchen

I came across this kitchen and shared it on my Facebook group Home Style Hub because it ticked so many boxes for me and solved so many problems.

  1. it is a long narrow room and my home has a couple of long narrow rooms.
  2. There is no ‘must have’ island unit, instead the owner has created a peninsula as a breakfast bar as we have – much better solution for this shape of room.
  3. The worktops are LAMINATE! We have wood and love them, but really regret the maintenance required – my next kitchen will be a marble laminate like this!
  4. Who would not want an antique brass sink?

I was delighted to interview the owner, Dorota Beckett, Rose Bank Reno, on Instagram a geologist, working in the oil business. Dorota is from Poland originally, she lives here in Aberdeen with her English husband.

What is the make of the kitchen cabinetry? The cabinetry is from Howdens. It is called ‘Fairford’. The colour of the darker units is ‘Graphite’ and the lighter units is ‘Dove Grey’. The cost was £4,500. The appliances including two ovens, a hob, a wine fridge, a fridge freezer, and a hot water tap came to £3,900.

The hob is from Whirlpool SMP778C/NE/IXL, it’s 77 wide and has flexible zones – best thing ever! The 2 ovens are from Samsung NV75R576RHB in black.

Can you tell me a little about the sink? This antique brass sink is called ‘Aiboduo’ it cost £270 on Amazon. I guess ultimately it is from China. I really wanted a double sink with relatively equal basins, so dishes can dry out without being seen. Initially I wanted a white porcelain double sink, but there is nearly no choice for over the worktop sinks ( which is needed for a laminate worktops). So Amazon has won again.

The tap is by a new company called Fohën, model Furnas in brushed gold. It is a 3-in-1 Instant Boiling Water Kitchen Tap with Swan Neck. Dorota and her husband are very happy with this purchase, it cost £450.

The worktops? The laminate marble imitation worktops are also from Howdens. There is 8m of 60cm deep worktops and 2.5m of 90cm deep on the peninsula. The cost was £1033. As a geologist by background I  thought about black marble / black forest real stone worktop but the lowest quote I received was £5000. My previous experience of white marble quartz worktops was that they stain easily ( I’m a messy chef), they are equally pricey, so we decided on laminate.

The gorgeous mirror tiles? The mirror tiles are called ‘Busca’ from Topps Tiles. They have a selection of shapes and 2 colours, I went for the flat and silverish. We love them, they are easy to clean and you don’t see many splashes from cooking 🙂 They are a bit expensive at £100 per square metre but we only needed a small area and it was £200 in total, so it didn’t break the bank. In my opinion it was worth it, for a real wow effect!

Brass pendant lights above the peninsula are Hobaca, £44 each, on Amazon. 
Ribbed glass pendant lights above the lower cabinets are Paloma Gold from Endon Lighting, £120 for 3 pendants, purchased online fromElectrical Counter.

The flooring? The flooring is called ‘Ivar’ from Malmo flooring. My tip is to find what you like in a shop and order online.

Here is the original kitchen –

It is now the dining area –

The beautiful dining area with picture window

They replaced the end wall with slimline sliding doors, H 2.4m x W 3m with 2cm aluminium profile in the middle. Dorota bought them though a British registered company Kezas Group. It was pricey £3,360 but transforms the room into something special.

Here is the original dining room, with a door through to the kitchen

Dorota removed the wall and turned it into the kitchen area. The approximate cost of the kitchen – not including labour and building work, flooring or decorating, just the cabinetry, tiles and sink and appliances was £9633.

All images were sent to me by Dorota Beckett.


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